Welcome to our Knowledge Centre, where we aim to provide you with comprehensive information about non-individual accounts commonly used in online stock trading in Australia. Whether you're interested in opening a joint account, company account, trust account, or a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) account, this guide will help you understand the essentials of each account type, their benefits, and compliance requirements.

Joint Account


A joint account is a financial account held by two or more individuals who have equal rights to access and manage the account. In the context of online stock trading, it allows multiple account holders to collectively invest in stocks and other financial assets. Joint account holders share ownership of the assets and are jointly responsible for account management and decision-making.


  • Easy management and shared decision-making.

  • Simplified tax reporting for jointly owned assets.

  • Beneficiary options for seamless wealth transfer.

Compliance Considerations:

  • All account holders must be identified individually.

  • Joint accounts require unanimous consent for trading decisions.

Company Account


A company account, also known as a corporate account, is a financial account held in the name of a registered business entity, such as a Pty Ltd company. In the context of online stock trading, it enables businesses to invest in stocks and securities on behalf of the company. Company accounts are subject to the regulations and tax laws applicable to business entities in Australia.


  • Separation of personal and business assets.

  • Access to additional tax benefits for business entities.

  • Potential for greater capital accumulation.

Compliance Considerations:

  • The company must be registered and have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

  • Proper documentation, including company registration details and tax file number, is essential.

Trust Account


A trust account is a financial account established for the purpose of holding and managing assets on behalf of beneficiaries according to the terms of a trust deed. In online stock trading, trust accounts are often used to manage investments and assets for the benefit of specific individuals, organizations, or charitable causes. A trustee is responsible for overseeing and executing the trust's investment strategy and ensuring compliance with trust regulations.


  • Provides flexibility in managing assets for designated beneficiaries.

  • Allows for efficient wealth transfer and estate planning.

  • Potential tax advantages when distributing income to beneficiaries.

Compliance Considerations:

  • Certified copy of trust deed extract, showing

    1. First page of the trust: Showing the name of the trust

    2. Schedule page: Showing the trustee details and beneficiary details(especially beneficiaries with more than 25% ownership of the trust)

    3. Execution page: Showing the signature of the trustee

  • Beneficiary information must be documented accurately.

Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) Account

Overview: A Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) account is a specialized superannuation fund that individuals manage themselves for the purpose of saving and investing for retirement. SMSFs offer greater control and flexibility over investment choices, including stocks, property, and other assets. SMSF trustees are responsible for adhering to strict regulations outlined by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and ensuring that investments align with the fund's investment strategy and retirement goals.


  • Control over investment choices, including stocks, property, and more.

  • Potential tax advantages for retirement savings.

  • Opportunity to pool family assets within a single fund.

Compliance Considerations:

  • SMSFs are regulated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

  • Strict compliance with superannuation laws and regulations is required.

  • Trustees must ensure investments align with the fund's investment strategy.


Understanding the various non-individual account options is crucial when considering your investment strategy. Each account type has its unique advantages and compliance requirements. Before opening any of these accounts, it's advisable to consult with financial and legal professionals to ensure your choices align with your financial goals and comply with relevant regulations.

Always remember that while these accounts offer distinct advantages, there are also risks involved. Be sure to conduct thorough research and seek professional advice to make informed decisions that suit your financial objectives and risk tolerance.

For more information or assistance, feel free to reach out to our dedicated customer support team. We are here to help you make the most of your online stock trading experience in Australia.

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